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  • Snack Smarter

    Snack Smarter

    Anytime the kids are away from school and spending more time at home it can be a battle to get them to eat smart. It can seem like you spend all day pulling them out of the pantry and closing the refrigerator door. Womensforum brings you five fun, healthy snacks to silence growling tummies while keeping it nutritious, which leaves you all with a smile on your face.

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter & Fruit Wrap

    Chocolate Peanut Butter & Fruit Wrap

    Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein, healthy fats and potassium. Mix it with chocolate milk and you've got a delicious combination.

    To Make: Spread the mixture on a whole wheat tortilla, top with your kids' favorite fruit and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top. Roll it up and cut it in half, and you have a treat that's easy to take on the go and will keep little bellies happy and full!

  • Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    Kids love French fries, but you hate serving them...most of the time. Mix it up and give your kids a healthy version with baked sweet potato fries.

    To Make: Cut up sweet potatoes into thin strips, sprinkle with sea salt and ground black pepper, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes, flipping after about 15 minutes. Serve with regular ol' ketchup or a cinnamon sugar dip.

  • Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

    Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

    A lot of healthy snacks require adult supervision to make. For instance, cutting fruit with sharp knives is definitely not for kids to do alone, and there's no way they're using the stove unless it's your fingers turning the knob. But you can't always drop everything to prepare a Pinterest-worthy snack for your kids. That's where muffins come in. Baked goods can sit in a container on your counter, available to your kids whenever hunger strikes. The only downside is they may disappear a little too quickly. 

    To Make: Click for the recipe!

  • Chocolate Yogurt

    Chocolate Yogurt

    Making yogurt sounds difficult and time-consuming. It turns out, that's not actually true. Sure, it takes time to cool and whatnot, but it doesn't take too much of your time. 

    To Make: Take 2 cups of chocolate milk and place in a saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until it reaches 180 degrees (use a kitchen thermometer to track the temp). Remove from heat. Monitor the temperature until the milk cools to about 110-115 degrees, and then add 2 tablespoons of yogurt to the mixture. Mix throughly, and transfer to a container with a secure lid. Place the lid on the container and let the mixture sit at warm room temperature for 10 to 12 hours. If your kitchen runs pretty cool, wrap the container in a towel to keep it warm. After 10 to 12 hours, taste. If it tastes great, refrigerate for several hours. If not, let it sit out for a couple more hours until you get the flavor you desire, then refrigerate. 

    Once you have the yogurt, you can make other things out of it, like yogurt covered raisins or yogurt nibs, which can be added to our next snack!

  • Trail Mix Your Way

    Trail Mix Your Way

    Trail Mix is a great snack for on-the-go or lazy-day munching, but it can hide a lot of sugar, sodium and calories. Make your own for a healthier version than the typical store-bought mix. That way, you don't have to stick to the traditional combos. You can add whatever you like!

    To Make:  Trail Mix is comprised of the basic following ingredients:

    Dried fruit: apples, cherries, apricots, blueberries, strawberries or mangos (making sure they're low in sugar and preservatives)

    Grains: whole grain cereals, bran flakes, whole-wheat crackers, granola, air-popped popcorn

    Nuts or Seeds: almonds, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax

    Sweets: M&Ms, chips (chocolate, peanut butter, carob or butterscotch), cacao nibs, chocolate-covered nuts, yogurt-covered raisins or yogurt nibs from the previous slide


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